GEN NET

GEN NET

What is GENnet?

GENnet is a relational network

  • GENnet is an organic and fluid people-centred relational network that exists to serve the purposes of God in this region of The Black Country. We remain committed to our original call, i.e, to connect a generation of people in and around The Black Country to pursue all that God wants to do to build His Kingdom in this region, and beyond. We now believe that this generation is defined more by ‘what they see’ and ‘what they desire’ rather than what they wear or what music they like!
  • GENnet is passionate about The Kingdom being central in all we are and do within this generation
  • GENnet is a journey to re-discover the foundations of The Gospel

What is GENnet? This has been asked many times in recent years! As things develop, things often change, morph, take on different characteristics, and this is not a sign of weakness, but a signal of growth.

At its’ core, “The Gen” (as we now like to call it) is a “relational network” that started with a GENERATIONAL CONTEXT in mind, largely based on participators’ age at the time, so we primarily focused on Youth, Children and Young Adults as our aim was to inspire and encourage the emerging generation in a whole variety of ways, whilst also harnessing collective effort.

In fact, The Net was started purely as a youth movement.

In more recent times, it seems that the definition of “generation” has broadened somewhat, possibly reflecting wider culture to some degree, and maybe partly down to the fact that everyone involved in The Net back in the 90’s has ‘improved with age’ rather like a good bottle of wine! In all seriousness, this has definitely happened, but at the same time, the scope and DNA of GENnet has also broadened in terms of how Jesus has chosen to work in us, with us and hopefully through us.

We have faced several seasons where we have heard His call to adapt, follow Him and in some way to become something of an EAR PIECE for The Black Country Church simply, we believe, as we put ourselves “out there” to be that in humility and simplicity, ie, we set ourselves apart on a regular basis to hear what God is saying to us as a network and give serious attention to what we sense we are hearing, and this has been especially true over the last 4-5 years since a series of weekends away created the space for us to do this. This may not be the view of everyone within the network, and we would certainly not hold onto this, but this is something we would believe as a core team of “The Gen”. In any movement, there needs to be a place where God can land His Word, very often in a new or different way than previous paradigms have allowed.

In this season, we have had the great privilege of receiving some great people to journey with us, starting back in 2007/8 with Martin Scott, and more recently with two wonderful gentlemen from Birmingham, ie, Paul Miller & Steve Rayment. It has probably been our capacity and ability to receive these Gifts to The Church (Ephesians 4, eg) that has re-defined our journey, our mode of transport and our basic essence. We believe we need to remain flexible, fluid and in some way ‘fallow’ as there is a sense that this network is in preparation for something yet to come.

John Cook facilitates a team of people who serve into GENnet. On behalf of the team, he says “GENnet is an organic and fluid people-centred relational network that exists to serve the purposes of God in this region of The Black Country. We remain committed to our original call, i.e, to connect a generation of people in and around The Black Country to pursue all that God wants to do to build His Kingdom in this region, and beyond.

We now believe that this generation is defined more by ‘what they see’ and ‘what they desire’ rather than what they wear or what music they like!

We remain passionate about The Kingdom being central in all we are and do within this generation – kids, youth, families, GenXers and all who identify with this emerging generation. This has been a shift..ie, that a GENERATION is defined as much by HEART as it is by age.

The major theme we have found ourselves drawn to in recent years has been THE GOSPEL, and particularly the PULLING BACK OF THE LAYERS of the New Testament Gospel that has been in many ways lost over the centuries such that its’ power has been reduced to the program that we use to communicate it. “There must be more than this.” is more than a song to us, and we have set out on a journey to re-discover the foundations that have been layered over, and the journey has in some way gone ‘underground’, ie, much of what we do is now more HIDDEN, or less visible, and this has caused some difficulty with those who seek only or primarily to connect with or through us for large, VISIBLE events, for example.

We fully understand this, and whilst we have a heart to move towards people in every conceivable manner, we have come to respond more to what we sense God is saying and conceiving, as ultimately, we now believe that it is His Word and power that will release us into what He has planned ahead for us, and our focus is to re-position ourselves into what is coming, and not what has been. We are not into “deconstruction” and we are passionate about THE CHURCH, local, regional and eternal!

We believe that when (a generation of) people come together in unity, God is truly released to work through us corporately and individually to fulfil His purposes.

GENnet meets in various capacities as God directs us in different seasons, and the most recent of these have been a monthly gathering to journey this through together, and larger spaces like “weekends away” where we come together on behalf of The Black Country Church with a heart to hear God and filter back what we sense He is saying, always with accountability and humility. We are also looking to release this into all four boroughs of the region with smaller groups for people who want to connect with others and “go deeper” themselves, and especially around those who somehow carry this deep within their hearts.

We sense that there is much to come yet, and as such, we are not here to settle, accept the status quo or to drift into whatever future the wind takes us to.  We do however seek to bridge between what has been and what will be, and in the season of mediation, to connect people with a heart to seek after God with all they have, irrespective of age, gender, tradition, denomination or culture.

We are on a pilgrimage, and we seek company and context as we journey this through together. As we do this, we see God generating something in us, among us, for us, around us and hopefully one day, THROUGH us.

For more information or how to get involved please contact John email john@thenet.org.uk

What does Gen Net aim to do?

Gen Net consists of …people who aim to connect and build a relational network across the region through…relational unity…whilst also..hosting events aimed at developing a greater sense of community. In the past this has involved weekends away, informal gatherings, and conferences. In the future, we are open to these and other ways of framing and amplifying who we are.

What activities take place?

A residential ‘festival style’ weekend each year that aims to build relationships..seek a deeper understanding of THE GOSPEL.. whilst inspiring everyone towards mission, of all descriptions.

Monthly gatherings to share together, set context and work out our revelation more in practical ways, mainly through dialogue, conversation and a more “rabbinical” teaching/learning style that involves us all in various forms of interaction without constraining the inspirational gifts within people. We learn ‘on the way’ and believe that discovering Christ is as much a part of the journey that He accompanies us on as it is the destination towards which we walk.

We look forward to all that Jesus will bring out of us in this journey as we look back and see Him doing the same in the present.

God is with us, and what more can we ask for than that?

Gen – Jehovah Shammah!

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Dates –

GENnet Nights

8pm at the Chapel, Sedgley.

December 13th

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